I am always surprised when people visit an old inn and then complain that it doesn't look or act like a 21st century motel room - omigod - there's no elevator and we have to walk up stairs! The rooms are small! The Griswold is the real deal - an old old inn, with uneven creaky floors and stairs, lots of prints on the walls of the hallways, and the feeling that you are in a unique place, and not a cookie cutter room. The room was great - a modern bathroom but old charm. How many people have looked out the window at this same view since 1776? It was a slow Tuesday night, and yet there was live music at the old bar. Lobster roll always a good choice in a seaport town. After dinner, a walk down the street past beautiful old homes immaculately maintained. The breakfast the next morning was as advertised - not a full breakfast but a nice selection of baked goods, juices, cereal, fruit. Each public room on the first floor is unique - much art to see, a collection of old firearms. Take time to explore there in the morning when you can treat it like an art museum and enjoy the surroundings. If you want the bland mediocrity of a modern hotel room, this ain't the place for you. It has charm and personality and it lives and breathes history.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the picturesque and historic village of Essex, Connecticut, The Griswold Inn is a destination experience. With 33 guest rooms, unique shopping, historic dining, a stunning wine bar featuring a tapas-style culinary experience, and an award-winning taproom voted "Best Bar" over and over by Esquire Magazine and countless others, the 'Gris' offers visitors an authentic and spirited adventure. Come make your own history here. The oldest continually operated inn in America. Fine Food, Spirits and Lodging....Since 1776! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Griswold Hotel Essex